ERIC Number: ED047612
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Dec-4
Reference Count: 0
The Role of the National Science Foundation in Graduate Education.
The National Science Foundation has traditionally supported education in the sciences, engineering, and technology through traineeships, fellowships, grants and other awards. This year's budget will probably not allow any money for generalized traineeships, there will be a modest increase in research support, some money for fellowships and limited amounts for other projects. There will be some administrative changes in traineeships and fellowships, with an increase in the stipends and the abolishment of the dependency allowance. Educational costs are high because a larger proportion of the population is being educated at all levels in this country than anywhere else. There are too many Ph.D.'s and too many B.A.'s, while there is a shortage of mechanics. There is a great need to set up additional hierarchies of prestige to the verbal-intellectual one, with education focusing on occupational training with liberal arts subjects at the periphery. At the graduate level this means a need for different programs, such as programs for teachers of science and mathematics and programs for science practitioners. In its support for training programs, the Foundation will look for something other than training in the traditional disciplines, and university support for applied programs will be an important factor. (AF)
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Authoring Institution: Council of Graduate Schools in the U.S., Washington, DC.
Identifiers: National Science Foundation
Note: Address presented at the 10th Annual Meeting of the Council of Graduate Schools in the United States, Miami Beach, Florida, December 4, 1970